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DAPHNE bholua 'Gurkha'

Image of Daphne bholua var. glacialis 'Gurkha'

Family

Thymelaeaceae

Botanical Name

DAPHNE bholua var. glacialis 'Gurkha'

Plant Common Name

Gurkha Daphne, Icy Himalayan Daphne

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

In the eastern Himalayas, this daphne's bark was used to make paper. To the modern gardener, the Gurkha icy Himalayan daphne is a more cold-hardy, deciduous daphne with fragrant white and pink blossoms. This selection always loses its foliage in winter to better display its flowers. It was selected from a group of plants taken from eastern Nepal in 1962. The icy Himalayan daphne develops a upright shape but with some spreading to creeping branches with an open habit.

The leaves are lance-shaped and satin-glossy dark green. Each blade is leathery in texture. Anytime from early winter to early spring, large terminal clusters of pink buds grace branch tips. The white to barely light pink, four-petaled blossoms are sweetly aromatic. Following the flowering season, small rounded purplish-black berries develop, but they're rare in cultivation.

Grow 'Gurkha' in partial shade in a moist, non-alkaline soil that is well-drained. An organic-rich loam is ideal, especially if it’s continually cool and moist. Mulch the soil to promote such conditions. Use this rather open, floppy daphne in a mixed shade border or on the edge of a forest. Its fragrant blooms are nice to enjoy near a building entrance. Avoid root disturbance and pruning this shrub to prevent plant dieback and overall stress.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-7' / 1.2m - 2.1m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Nepal, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No